Adelaide Di Nunzio - Criminal Architectures
Research lasting 10 years between reportage and art photography. Video photographic prints and a book tell the architectural decay of a part of southern Italy.
Artista: Adelaide Di Nunzio- Titolo: La Piramide 50/70 cm, carta fine art Baryta, forex Albergo incompiuto, Reggio Calabria
11 December 2021
11:00 – 19:00
Adelaide Di Nunzio - Criminal Architectures: Project with photographic exhibition and video projection, presentation of the photographic book

A series of photographic prints and a book recount the architectural decay of a part of southern Italy which does not simply represent an aesthetic ugliness, but rather testifies to the effects of illegality on people's lives, on the urban fabric, on the landscape and on the society. The photographic selection that makes up the exhibition and the book, in fact, is accompanied by portraits of people and characters met by the photographer during the long period of research, testifying to the fact that what remains of the human work is never released from its creator. and the way of life in which it is immersed.
"The human eye gets used to the horror of decay and dilapidation. The eye, at first glance, is horrified at the sight of the disused building, the unfinished, abusive or abandoned, but over time this will become invisible.
I wanted to photograph these skeletons of urban decay as if they were magnificent monuments, like other tourist attractions for which our Italy is so famous. Represented as relics, these relics acquire greater visibility, capture our gaze and invite us to a profound reflection on the contemporary history of our architecture and our territory. " (A. Di Nunzio).
In a visual story that crosses Campania, Calabria, Puglia and Sicily, Adelaide Di Nunzio invites us to observe reality for what it is: the eye can get used to certain horrors and no longer read them as such and so can the human being. . But the habitat in which we lead our lives is not only a shell, but also a mirror of the type of social relationships in which we are involved. With the aesthetic stratagem of representing these architectural horrors with authority and magnificence, the photographer invites us to a profound reflection on ethical and moral, social and anthropological issues. Can getting used to ugliness be synonymous with a habit of illegality?
Obviously the book and the exhibition do not offer univocal answers, but the starting point for a personal and profound reflection that calls us to respond as individuals to the constitution of the social fabric of which we are part. The collection of photos is accompanied in the book by four paragraphs dedicated each to one of the regions concerned, the reading of Adelaide Di Nunzio's personal reflections offer the first starting point for an ideal collective debate.
Adelaide Di Nunzio was born in Naples in 1978. She lives and works between Cologne (Germany) and Naples. He carries out projects both in the field of artistic photography and in photo-reportage. His approach to the image is of an anthropological and social nature, in search of symbols and evocations, with the aim of creating a visual representation that offers an emotional and intellectual reflection on topical but at the same time universal issues. He has collaborated with international agencies and magazines including: Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Bild, Corriere della Sera.

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